Smoothies are one of my favourite things. In the world.
The only time I’ve ever gotten sick of smoothies was when I had my wisdom teeth out and couldn’t eat solid food for a week.
I find it funny when people say, oh yeah.. I gotta start making smoothies in the morning – like it’s a hard thing to do?! I wouldn’t want to start my day any other way. But we’re each on our journey; here’s hoping you’ll hop on the smoothie bandwagon with me!
I’m not that big on recipes, except maybe for baking… but here are my…
top ten smoothie ingredients
berries (usually frozen) – full of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients and of course, delicious
- banana – for that smooth texture, sweetness, and potassium
- protein powder – so you can actually go do some stuff before you need to eat again
- hemp hearts – also protein packed and containing beneficial fatty acids
- greens powder – spirulina, and so much more (check out my fav brand)
- spinach and/or kale (although I recently learned that eating too much raw kale can mess with your thyroid, oops!)
- cucumber – why not? you can’t even taste it
- avocado – creaminess galore and healthy fats
- almond milk and/or yogurt
- superfood concentrate (Xtra)
3 ingredients you probably aren’t putting in your smoothies, but should be!
- cayenne: I’ve got several friends who are studying or have studied chinese medicine. Green veggies are cooling, but adding cayenne to your smoothie has a warming effect. AND it tastes epic. A couple sprinkles usually does the trick.
- peanut butter: its delicious and a good source of protein if you run out of protein powder (imagine this: chocolate protein powder, almond milk, frozen banana, peanut butter… drool)
- pure aloe vera juice: if you aren’t familiar with drinking aloe, check out this post. I LOVE to drink my Aloe straight up – however, some folks prefer to toss it in the blender with the rest of your smoothie goodies.
If I had to give you my current favourite smoothie recipe, this is it, but a smoothie is a glorious thing, you can throw almost any combination of fruit, protein powder, and greens in the blender and as long as you have some key ingredients, it will taste delicious (although slightly diff
erent) every time.
What are those key ingredients?
For smooth, creamy texture make sure you have at least one of the following: avocado, banana, or good quality protein powder.
For yummy flavour, make sure you have about 1 cup of fruit (berries, pear, apple, are good choices) and/or banana (frozen fruit gives the smoothie its smoothie character, but you can also use raw fruit. I almost never put ice in my smoothie.)
For nutrition, pack in spinach, kale, cucumber, and a good quality greens powder will really take your smoothie to the next level of awesome.
For satiety, use at least one source of protein; protein powder, hemp hearts, greek yogurt, peanut butter
For optimal health, use whatever super foods you have on hand, for example a good quality greens powder with spirulina, wheatgrass etc, a pure aloe vera juice concentrate, cayenne powder
Pear & Spinach Morning Glory Smoothie
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Makes enough to fill 2 500 ml mason jars. One for you and one for your sweetie, or one for you now and one for you later!
- handful of spinach (washed and preferably organic)
- 1 cup of frozen fruit (today’s recipe includes frozen pears and apples from my backyard)
- chunk of cucumber (about 3 inches long)
- 1 banana
- ½ of a large avocado (or 1 whole small avocado)
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1/4 cup of organic plain yogurt
- 1-2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of greens powder
- 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
- 2 ounces of botanical concentrate Xtra
- 2 ounces of pure aloe vera juice